I have a crush on this place in the way that I want to make it a mixtape with Sam Cooke and Julian Casablancas on it, give it my flannel to wear at Storm King, and get takeout in bed and watch Before Sunrise with.
Chinatown Summers are a MOOD. (Also, unrelated: @thevincenttang is a ~very~ eligible bachelor. Any wholesome Chinese girls that enjoy archery and apple orchard dates should send inquires to @dimsumnyc, tysm.)
Road Trip Diary Entry #2763828: I’ve just landed in my fifth city this week. Despite the popular notion that I always eat at the nice restaurants that I shoot at, I have instead been subsisting solely on a diet of protein shakes, deli meats, Gatorade, energy drinks, and fast food (shoutout to Taco Bell’s Baja Blast and McDonald’s Grilled Artisan Chicken sandwich tho ✌️😎✌️). Not heard: me in my rental car listening to NBA podcasts and the La La Land soundtrack when driving in between shoot locations. If the road doesn’t eat me alive, the 7-Eleven mystery turkey sandwich will.
I did a shoot at Great NY Noodletown today and when I was done, the manager asked me in a knowing tone, "You Chinese?". We proceeded to have a short but very sweet conversation in Cantonese about how him and my parents all lived in the same area of Hong Kong and moved to New York in the 70s to hustle until they didn't have to, what it was like for me to grow up in Chinatown in the 90s, and a bunch of "Oh you know that neighborhood place that doesn't exist anymore? *I* know that place that doesn't exist anymore!". This was the first time in a long time I've spoken Chinese to someone that isn't my parents and now my heart feels warm and connected in a way that I can't explain. Anyways, Happy Wednesday everybody.✌️